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Klosterbrauerei Andechs

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Klosterbrauerei AndechsKlosterbrauerei Andechs
BA SCORE
97
world-class

43 Ratings
Ratings: 43
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 7.62%
Active Beers: 8
Beer Ratings: 1,323
Beer Avg: 4.02
Taps: 5
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

Bergstraße 2
Andechs, 82346
Germany
phone: +49 8152 3760

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Reviews by loren01:
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4.3/5  rDev -3.6%

Went here this past winter while visiting Munich. It was an easy day trip from downtown Munich out here...took the train to the last stop on S5 (Hershing) then took a cab from the train station to the monestary. You could probably walk it but there was a ton of snow when we were there so the cab was just easier. The atmosphere at this place was pretty cool. It was like a cafeteria style beer hall, you go get your food then there is a seperate place to get beers. In the next room over there are big long tables to sit down and enjoy the food and drink. I had a dopplebock which was amazing. Overall this was a very good day trip, probably my favorite of anything we did while in the Munich area.

loren01, Apr 19, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -15.9%

While my Overall Review is 3.75, it's lower because of service and selection. For eating at a Biergarten like this one, it doesn't really matter what the service or selection is like since it's pretty universal across most Biergartens, so I would like to give an arbitrary overall review of 4.4/4.5. So, on to the review!

Atmosphere - I visited in late June 2012 and had beautiful weather for a visit. Went with two friends from Munich via the S-Bahn to Herrsching, from which you can hike through beautiful woods up to the Kloster. I recommend this way since it is not only very scenic, but it also helps build up a thirst for excellent beer. Plus the Kloster is situated on top of a hill that overlooks farmland and the Alps on a clear day, so it's hard to go wrong. Few Biergartens, let along breweries in general, can probably offer this same experience, so it's worth it for the hike and views alone.

Quality - The beer was very good, with the standard Helles-Dunkel-Weißbier offerings prevalent in Munich and Bavaria. We each ordered one of the three, and I won't go into reviewing these beers in particular since other people more qualified than I have done so in the individual beer reviews section. However, they were all very good.

Service/Selection - The Kloster works in typical Biergarten fashion (cafeteria style), so you won't find a wide range of foods like you would in a place like Augustiner-Keller in the middle of Munich. Additionally, my friends and I were hoping to eat Stekerlfisch or chicken at a little food-stand area just outside the Klosterbiergarten, but they both closed up shop after we arrived, thus limiting the selection that you could probably find otherwise.

Food - I had a plate of Schweinbraten (roast pork) with Bratkartoffeln (roasted potatoes), and it was very good, although it didn't knock my socks off. It was my first time having it as well, and as a first-time experience, you can't go wrong.

Value - The price of drinks and food seemed comparable to what I was used to getting in Munich, although I can't remember specifics, but come with at least 20 Euros if you plan on ordering a Maß (1 liter glass) and a plate of food.

MarkT, Sep 16, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

This place is as near to perfection as I may ever find! I fully endorse all the other reviews. PLEASE NOTE: The train to Herrshing is now the S8. All else remains the same! And that's a GOOD thing!

The atmosphere at Andechs was the most impressive, and a close second was the Dopplebock Dunkel. My wife sampled the Apfel and it was delicious, but one of those things that you can only handle a halbe of. We also sampled a limited run of Maibock, which was fantastic.

The grounds are immaculate and the food is top notch. Classic Bavarian wurst, cheese, and gigantic servings of ham and chicken. We were there on a Saturday and it wasn't crazy busy, the crowd was an even mix of locals, tourists, and bachelor parties! Entertaining all around. Since we arrived to Herrshing at around 10:30, we just missed the bus (which runs every hour at 10 past the hour). We opted for a cab from the train stop for 12 euro.

Bottom line, GO THERE NOW!

BartlettAveBrew, Jun 08, 2012
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4.53/5  rDev +1.6%

Of all the places to make a day trip to from Munchen zentrum, this has to be the number one choice!

Visited in July '11 and walked up from the railway station (S5 - 50 mins from zentrum) which is through a wooded path climbing gradually up the hillside. This took about 40/5 minutes. We got a bus back for 2 Euros, as we were full of beer and pig :P

There are 3 or 4 different bars on the site and we started off in the highest up one with the cafeteria style self service eatery

Beer is paid for at a small window then you hand your token over for fresh beer from the barrel

At this bar we had all 3 that were available, hell, dunkel and dunkel weiss

Had the 'haxe which is from pigs raised on the monastic farm, absolutely fantastic - you pay by weight!

Only minor criticism was the large number of wasps - everywhere, yes it was July and we sat outside in the sun but surely they can do something to control them?

We than moved down the hillside to a smaller bar where we sat outside again (no wasp problem here!).

Different beers available, so do remember to move about in order to enjoy them all (almost like a small hillside town comprised of bars!!!)

We had 2 bottled Andechs beers here in the form of the excellent Bergbock and Doppel Bock Dunkel - ramping the ABV's up somewhat - we needed desert after all

Excellent venue - a must and I will return

Ruds, Oct 22, 2011
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4.53/5  rDev +1.6%

This is a beer Mecca!!! Whether you are going to see the monastery atop this Holy Mountain or enroute for the delicious selection of beer and food, this is just simply a must-go destination. They even have these oddly interesting wooden carved sculptures as you're making your way up. Served straight from the brew kegs into either a 0.5L or 1L mug you will find yourself wanting to try each and every offering. But don't forget the food!! They also sell bottles on site if you plan or traveling a distance away or fear you might not find it in stores. This beer is offered few and far in between if you know where you're looking but I always treat this one as exclusive simply because I can't allow myself to miss it when I'm there. Enjoy!! Prosit!!

Forb, Jul 23, 2011
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4.53/5  rDev +1.6%

I was just reviewing a bottle of their Spezial Hell that I picked up at the monastery, and realized that I need to review the place itself as well because this is really a must when visiting the area. It may actually deserve a bit of a pilgrimage as well.

I visited with some friends during our week long trip in Bavaria (mostly around Munich) during Oktoberfest 2010. Unfortunately, we got there a bit late, so we only spent about 1-2 hours there. Didn't explore the area itself - went straight from the parking lot up a short hill to the monastery. It was chilly, so beer garden was empty, but the main hall, which is quite large, was fairly full. Not full so that 6 of us could not find a table, but we definitely did not feel lonely. You get your beer and food upfront yourself. We came late, so not much of a wait. Service was not terribly friendly, but very prompt (I found most German service to be this way which is fine by me).

Atmosphere was great (as far as I am concerned). Clearly lots of locals, some of which seemed a bit displeased with our clearly touristy behavior (but I can't blame them). Even though we were outsiders, I did not feel uncomfortable at the slightest.

I think Andechs beer is exceptional. I've tried a few of the styles they had and they were all great.

Food was good too. Our group included a few adventurous individuals (myself included), so not knowing German we picked a few thinks mostly by the way they look. Some of it was not my thing, but some was great. Regardless, there is definitely a lot of interesting cheeses and meats to try.

Going out we got a few mixed six packs of 0.5L bottles to split.

This is really a great place that I hope to visit again. I'm not sure if this says anything, but going out our entire group was quite amused by the alcohol measuring apparatus in this place. Surprisingly our designated driver who only had one Radler beat out a few of heavier drinkers (including yours truly). Probably not accurate, but fun!

ikats, May 26, 2011
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3.98/5  rDev -10.8%

Went with a group of friends to lay on the beach in Herrsching, we had a few beers there then went here. It was actually a legitimate hike getting there through residential neighborhoods and a small forest. It is a climb so bring hiking shoes, I accidentally stepped in a mudpit. Once you get there you know you've earned your beer, it takes about 50 minutes to an hour.

The church is beautiful, there is 3 Biergartens and a big Bräustüberl. There is also a gift shop. We went to the Biergarten/deck just outside fo the main hall (the one pictured). The food is more or less cafeteria style. A Maß of Helles only costs 5,60 from the cask. The line for the beer was non-existent when I walked up, it was smooth and easy.

The food is mediocre at best, the schweinhaxe was overcooked but the pretzels were very good; but the beer is cheap and amazing. Most of it is pretty cheap, i was in a group of 10 and we bought a ton of food, plenty for all of us and it was only 4.00 per person.

This place is a must for people traveling in Bavaria.

crossovert, Apr 26, 2011
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4.43/5  rDev -0.7%

I was lucky to spend several days in Andechs in July. From my work location, I found myself only a pleasant walk through the woods to the large monastery. Beers are served in regular (.5L) and large (1 full liter) mugs. The venue has plenty of seating capacity, an upscale restaurant and a walk through cafeteria/deli. I used the later where there were a good variety of meats and cheeses, huge Bavarian pretzels, and other offerings - most or all made by monks in Andechs, as is the beer of course. Good food, good prices, great beer. The patio has an excellent view over the rolling hills, mostly farmland, and is highly recommended, weather permitting.

The large halls and patio indicate this place must receive large numbers of visitors at some times. Clearly, more than the occasional visitor drinks too much ... or at least that's what I inferred upon spotting the massive vomit station in the men's room: a very impressive stainless steel structure with, apparently, well-positioned handles and a large 'target'. Having mentioned this, I should add that the rest room, and every where else I ventured was spotlessly clean.

Visitors, especially music lovers, should be sure to see the cathedral. Highly ornamented and visually stunning, it houses a fine organ and the burial place of Carl Orff.

Can visit as a day trip from Munich.

chinchill, Mar 14, 2011
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4.4/5  rDev -1.3%

This is a great place to go. A fun trip from Munich. Quite the hike, though I wouldn't recommend it in the summer! Lots of bugs. We took the bus back.

When we went there was very few people there. Only the main Biergarten was open, and I think we were the only non-locals. Very good atmosphere, with a traditional pay-then-take setup, self service, and older buildings, though newly modeled. Plenty of indoor and outdoor space, with a great view.

The selection of food was not the best, though the food they do have is simply excellent. Then the beer selection is great, with all of the Andechser beers and their take on Radler, sparkling apple juice and helles. A tasty combination, refreshing if you do choose to hike up.

Cheaper than most places in the city, it's 5.50-7 euros for a mass depending on which beer. I spent 7 days in Munich and am looking forward to my next trip to Germany just to come back here. You must take the day trip if you go to Munich!

pauljmccain, Aug 19, 2010
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4.45/5  rDev -0.2%

I've been here twice over the years when visiting Germany and I've never walked away dissapointed in my experience. The atmosphere is second to none, it sits on top of a big hill on the outskirts of Herrsching and has an amazing view from the patio/outside dining area. It's actually a monestary and it's really cool to walk around and just explore the place.

The food is very good and reasonably priced. Both times I've been there, we've sat outside. I can't say enough how much we enjoyed this place. The food was good but the beer is what made the experience. I really prefer their lager and wheat beers to several of the other brewers in the region (just my personal preference). I brought my dad here and he wasn't too impressed with the pork as it comes pretty much on the bone. I found it humerous, knowing what to expect, and our family being German by heritage makes it even more humerous. He moaned about the food but had no complaints whatsoever about the beer!!

My only gripe is that I wish they would distribute their beer in North America, I really miss this place back home in the U.S. The only thing I have to ponder are good memories and a nice Weiss beer glass in my china cabinet. If you're in the Herrsching area, this is a must stop.

jzeilinger, Dec 24, 2009
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4.7/5  rDev +5.4%

One of my all-time, if not the all-time favorite place to get a beer.

Atmosphere is good, a surprisingly large proportion of locals...almost everyone in the place is from Munich. Compare this to the Hofbraeuhaus where a very large percentage of people are tourists, and the place is geared towards that crowd. Andechs is still pretty local. People are friendly (probly all that 7% beer), the monks are polite and business-like, the rooms are incredible with exposed timbers in low ceilings and the names of each former abbot carved into a beam, back to 1455. The biergarten has a fantastic view of the Ammersee and the hills of Bavaria, even the Alps on clear days.

Still not sure what quality means.

Service is good. One of the three times I've been the food line was longish (10 min), but thats it. Beer line is 3 min tops every time. Monks are pretty friendly and very helpful, and they always get it right.

Selection is great, considering everything is brewed on premises. 10+ different brews to choose from. I get the doppelbock, but their weissbier is also outstanding...probably the best weissbier I've ever had. Food selection is good, cold and hot deli-style area and a small buffet line type thing.

The food is phenomenal. Best sauerkraut in Munich as far as I know, the roast pork shoulder is incredibly delicious, tender and juicy, the pretzels are great. Their potato salad isnt the best Ive ever had, but it's certainly delicious. They have specials, which on Friday is smoked mackeral with peppercorn, paprika, herbs, or plain, served with horseradish and black rye, and it is divine.

A thick slice of pork shoulder, a pretzel and some kraut will run you 6 euro, the mackeral will run you a paltry 2.5 euro, and a litre of the doppelbock will set you back 6 euro even, with the other beers ranging from 4.80 to 5.70 euro per litre. Half-litres are available as well.

From any S-Bahn station downtown, take the S5 to Herrsching and either a bus or taxi to Andechs. There is also a really nice trail through the woods, but if you havent been before the short way is very hard to find, and the long way takes almost two hours. Walking back is easy though, you can't lose the trail, it takes about 30 minutes of walking through the woods to get to Herrsching, and you come out within a few blocks of the S-Bahn station.

If you can only visit a single establishment in Munich, this is the one (Augustinerbrau am Marienplatz is a close second).

Graebner, Mar 29, 2008
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3.93/5  rDev -11.9%

After a very somber visit in Dachau, I needed enlightenment. What better place than on top of the hill at Andechs?

Too bad we got there a bit late, our hotel was back in the village and we had to walk all the way up, so we missed the brewery and distillery tours. The huge mountain of plastic cases near the brewery was quite a sight, and on the way up we spotted a few hop vines that seemed almost ripe for picking. The church is pretty impressive, with a cool sundial...right underneath a clock. Maybe they needed a second opinion! The view for up top is very nice, it was clear out so we could see the mountains, the whole area is very quaint, kind of Vermont-ish.

It was getting a bit chilly out, so we sat inside in the main section where the cafeteria style food and Beer counters were. I went straight for a mass of dopplebock from the cask, and my girlfriend got a glass of wine. What I don't get is that they charged a 3 euro deposit for her wine glass, the kind with a green stem that you find absolutely everywhere in the country, and charged me nothing for the kick-ass Andescher mug my Beer was served in. It was absolutely fabulous, rich yet quaffable, well worthy of the hype. They had 2 more casks and Andechs bottles as well.

As with a vast majority of the places we've been to, clientele was in their late 50s or older, including the charming German couple who shared our picnic table and some of the food we got. We went for some cheese and bread, all made on-premises, and they were quite good.

Great place to spend an afternoon if you're in the area.

Goldorak, Sep 29, 2007
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4.3/5  rDev -3.6%

What a place to visit, I recommend any lover of high quality malt beverages makes a pilgrimage to this site. From Munich hauptbahnhof it's very easy to get here (S5 train to final stop, then look for the Andechs bus for a 10 minute ride to the Kloster).

It's set on a hill with a beautiful view of Bavaria, you can actually see the alps in the distance when it's clear (like today). I had a total of 4 beers while here, sampled in several locations within the klosterbrauerei: first the bier garten, then the beer hall, then the restauarant. Each location was perfect, I probably preferred the beer hall overall due to the medievel feel to the place, with exposed timbers and stucco and whatnot.

Everything was reasonably priced, the doppelbock dunkel was 3.30 euros for a 0.5L glass, the wiess bier was maybe 2.70 euros. Every beer was delicious, and the monastary buildings give a very inviting ambience.

I just realized the review is too positive, heading for hero worship. So I'll list a negative: the line to get a beer in the beer hall is too long, it takes 10-15 minutes each time you get a beer. With 3500+ seats, I'd like to think they could set this up differently, allowing for quicker ordering.

If you find yourself in Munich, this place is a no-brainer.

TurdFurgison, Jun 29, 2007
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Klosterbrauerei Andechs in Andechs, Germany
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